Tuesday, January 31, 2017

A Stereotype Or Just A Category?

Please answer the following questions about Joel Charon's "Should We Generalize About People?"
1. Does Charon believe that categories and generalizations are useful? Why/Why not?

2.What is the difference between a generalization and a stereotype?

3.  What are some groups that you belong to that have been stereotyped?  Have you ever experienced that?
 

After reading Joel Charon's "Should We Generalize..." hopefully, you realize that yes we must generalize because it is what makes us intelligent human beings. But our great strength as humans can also be a horrible flaw. If we do not generalize and categorize accurately then we run the risk of stereotyping. We must realize that although individuals can be categorized into certain groups, it doesn't mean that all individuals fit that group's generalization. Toward the end of the reading, Charon says,
"If we are open-minded and reflective, we can even evaluate how good or how poor our generalizations are, and we can alter what we know as we move from situation to situation."
This is both the task and the promise of sociology. Sociology challenges us to think about our generalizations and assumptions about what we know and it promises us that with proper thought and care we can understand people better. There is a poem I like that illustrates Charon's point. The poem called "The Cookie Thief" by Valerie Cox. We are all cookie thieves sometimes in how we erroneously use the categories that Charon talks about. When was the last time you were too quick to categorize or judge someone? Have you ever been stereotyped or judged wrongly?

Here is a link to a video called I am an American that shows the dangerous power that extreme stereotypes can lead to.
In this case, Islam is the example, but it could be any religion or ethnicity or whatever group. United States' history is littered with examples of groups that have been scapegoated and vilified. This is how Muslims have been treated in many cases in post 911 America. But I have had so many Muslim students who prove that this is just a stereotype. And that is what this video is showing. There are caring, loving, neighborly Muslims all around us but extreme stereotypes lead us to only see the stereotype and ignore the reality.  Here is a link to a page hoping to end stereotypes about Muslims.

One example of people stereotyping quickly might be this Washington Post experiment in which Joshua Bell, violin virtuoso, played some of the greatest classical pieces ever written on one of the most expensive violins ever made. And yet few people noticed because he was dressed like an average guy and he was playing in the subway. Maybe people assumed he was a homeless streetperformer, so why stop and listen?

Some other examples of people shattering stereotypes are:

Here is an article in the Daily Herald about a motivational speaker who was born with no arms and no legs. We might categorize him as disabled, but we should be careful about the assumptions and stereotypes that go along with that category.









videoLikewise, here is a link to Nick Vujicic's website. He is a motivational speaker who also has no limbs.








videoHere is a video about Aaron Fotheringham, an "extreme sitter." Aaron has been in a wheel chair his whole life, but he sees it as an opportunity. Again, we should be careful of our stereotypes. Aaron is way more rad than I will ever be, but he is in a wheel chair and I am not. If you search youtube, you can see Aaron doing a double back flip! But there are also lots of videoes of him crashing over and over again and again. It takes hard work and lots of effort to become good at what you do.  Hard work was a theme in all of the above videoes.  And if you read the rest of Outliers, Gladwell makes the case that the most successful people spend ten thousand hours developing their skills.  The other theme that comes out in all of these videoes from Brett Eastburn to Aaron Fotheringham is that in order to find meaning in your life you must find a way to serve others.  Find a way to help other people.  You have talents.  Develop them and find a way to use them to help others.  That is your purpose.
And here is Aaron "wheels" Fotheringham at the 2016 Paralympics.




Another great source about stereotypes is episode 362 from This American Life. Click here to listen to the episode where 5 people tell stories about stereotyping. Listen to the prologue about people with disabilities, and Act One about NY cops stereotyping people coming from Brooklyn.



videoFinally, when you feel like you have been stereotyped, how do you react? What do you do? Anis Mojgani suggests that you shake the dust. Checkout his slam poem. Here is a link to his poem in writing.











videoHere is a video about a different type of street performer that also challenges your assumptions about the category "disabled".  I love how these "disabled" people see their opportunity to teach others.  Their lessons seem to be similar:  The world doesn't owe you anything.  You owe yourself hard work and dedication to become what you want.  Find a way to help others/teach others.  Don't stereotype and keep an open mind.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Post 3: Social Construction of Reality, Macro/Micro sociology, Research, Groups & Identity, Ingroups/outgroups, Categories & Stereotypes.

For the second half of Unit 1, we examined Social Construction of Reality, Macro/Micro sociology, Research methods, Groups and Identity, Ingroups/outgroups, Categories and Stereotypes.  A few reminders for when you post:

1) Be sure to look back at my blog and read over the posts that apply.  My posts contain explanations of what each of the concepts were that we learned and sources that apply to them.

2)Be sure to explain some of the concepts that we learned and try to apply them to an original example from your own life/experience.

3)Be sure to explain how a couple of sources apply to the sociological concepts we are learning.  Demonstrate an understanding of how the source applies to the sociology.  Some sources we have looked at: Venkatesh's "Gang Leader For A Day", Charon's "Should We Generalize", the video about racism called "Angry Eye",

4)Spell check and proofread.  Do not use casual/texting language.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Volunteer Opportunity at GLASA

Great Lakes Adaptive Sports has a number of opportunities for students to volunteer.

  Sleds Are Coming THIS SUNDAY, January 29th, 2017 Lake Forest College Ice Rink; Maplewood Rd, Lake Forest, IL Students will get credit if they arrive PRIOR to puck drop (2:00 pm) and check in with me and stay through the game cheering on and supporting the GLASA Falcon’s Sled Hockey team. They must check in with me after the game as well if they wish to receive credit. If you’ve never seen sled hockey played, this will be a great first experience to how the game is played. **Credit given only if accepted by the teacher prior to the event.

  GLASA Annual Benefit (Gala) Saturday April 29, 2017 Lake Shore Harley-Davidson, 14000 Rockland Rd., Libertyville, IL 60048 As one of our major fundraisers, the money raised at the GLASA Gala supports programs, athlete scholarships, the purchase of adaptive equipment and many more of GLASA’s needs. Volunteers will be needed to assist with set-up throughout the day. During the event, volunteers are needed for serving/bussing, and selling raffle tickets.

  Ongoing Weekly Programs Dates, Times and Locations vary depending on program This season this includes but is not limited to: Sled Hockey, Boccia, Powerlifting, Goalball, Power Soccer, Adaptive Yoga, Tennis, Swim Lessons, Track and Field and Wheelchair Basketball Visit http://www.glasa.org/volunteer/ for more information


  Adult National Open Great Lakes Regional Games (ANO GLRG) June 8-11, 2017 Lake Forest, IL This 3-day event will be host to athletes (youths, adults and injured military) with a physical or visual disability from around the world. These amazing athletes will have the opportunity to compete in a variety of adaptive sports: archery, boccia, swim, powerlifting and track and field. Volunteers will be recruited to fill a variety of needs from logistics, first aid, concessions, and specific sport events. An online signup will be available late April. -

 There are also leadership opportunities for volunteers to take on and receive more service hour credit.

  2017 Rust-Oleum Championship Web.com Tour June 5-11, 2017 Ivanhoe Club; Ivanhoe, IL Volunteers are needed to fill a variety of positions within the golf championship (i.e. Sign Bearers , Hospitality, Marshall, Admissions, Leaderboard, etc.). Interested in this? Contact Micaela ASAP before all positions are filled. Other opportunities with the Rust-Oleum Championship include selling ticket (100% benefiting GLASA) and birdies for charity program (get pledges on the number of birdies during the tournament rounds, 100% benefiting GLASA). Contact Micaela for more information on how you can get more involved.

  Camp Trek **not within your time frame for school but a WONDERFUL experience for anyone planning to teach, coach, go in the medical field, etc. August 7 – 11 (with counselor training being held Friday, August 4), must be present all days Libertyville, IL Camp Trek is a week-long adaptive sports camp for children with physical disabilities and visual impairments. Volunteer counselors will explore a variety of adaptive sports with their assigned camper for the week. This camp is perfect for someone aged 14 and older who is personable, outgoing, loves working with children and enjoys sports. Please PLEASE reach out to me if you are interested in any of these opportunities or if you are looking to take on more of a leadership role (and get more hours!). Thanks! Micaela Fedyniak GLASA Volunteer Coordinator W: 847-283-0908 C: 847-293-4152 www.glasa.org

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Special Olympics Bocce ball Volunteers - April 23, 2017

Here is the form to volunteer for the Special Olympics Bocce Ball Area 13 tournament. You do not need to know how to play bocce ball to volunteer. Students will be setting up the courts, keeping score, and handing out awards to the athletes. The Volunteering will be from 8-3:30. Volunteers will receive a t-shirt and a small lunch. Please fill out this form and hit submit if you are interested. Use the embeded form below or here is the link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScKExDehsp8d9wFinnLGi-dAG1xjoZfz5dbnoYH3_BvLv2cDg/viewform?usp=send_form

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Post 2: Posting on your blog to show evidence



Please remember that posting on your blog is the primary way that you provide evidence that you are learning. The posts are what will determine your grade at the end of the semester. Here is a prompt to help you with post number 2:

Explain some of the sociological theory that we have learned thus far: sociological imagination, sociological mindfulness, the three sociological perspectives (founders of sociology) and the social construction of reality. Then give an example from your own life/your own perspective. Also be sure to explain how the sources we looked at relate to the lesson. Remember to write properly using correct spelling and grammar.
Here is the scale that will be used to report your progress:

10 Exceeds Standards
9 Meets Standards
7 Shows some proficiency in the standards, but needs more work.
5 Does not demonstrate any proficiency

Here are the three areas you will graded on:
Sociology Content  - explain the sociology concepts that we learned this week. Demonstrate that individuals are shaped by their social life.
10 Explain multiple concepts that we  learned and apply them to a unique example (your own life or something you watched, etc...)
9 Student fully explains the sociological content using relevant terminology from the class.
7 Student somewhat explains the content from class but does not do it in detail and/or uses little or no sociology concepts or terms.
5 Student completed the assignment but did not explain any sociology at all.

Literacy - demonstrate an understanding of the sources used in class (books, movies, websites, etc…) and be able to connect them to sociological concepts/themes.
10 explain and apply multiple sources from class or a connection of an outside source found by the student.
9 Student refers properly to a source from class and explains its connection to sociology in the student’s own words.
7 Student refers to a source from class but it lacks depth, clarity or correctness.
5 Student completed the assignment but was not correct in interpreting the sources from class.

Academic Expectations - be a part of the community of class; being present and on-time, listen, share, respect, and trust other students; participate in class and write properly.
10 Student contributes to the class through commenting, listening and reading. Student uses proper grammar, spelling, punctuation and clear and academic writing. Student meets deadlines and is on time. Student’s work is neat and professional.
9 Student is able to meet almost all of the expectations above.
7 Student meets some of the expectations.
5 Student turns in the assignment or shows up, but does not meet any of the expectations above


Click here to see a student example of post 2.


The Founders of Sociology: Freaks and Geeks? Three Perspectives


No the founders of sociology were not freaks and geeks, but the series Freaks and Geeks has some great sociological insights in it. In the Pilot episode, (you can watch it here on mediacast)we see that the characters are part of a dynamic that is larger than who they are as individuals. To understand this  dynamic is to have a sociological imagination. Three specific ways of having a sociological imagination are the three founding perspectives of sociology.  These three perspectives were the beginning of sociology.  All three of them were a reaction to the extraordinary changes of the industrial revolution taking place in Europe in the 1800s.  The founder of each of these theories is considered one of the founding fathers of sociology.  Here are the ways that we applied each theory to the tv show:

What are the groups and what functions do they serve? Are there negative influences from any of the groups (dysfunctions)? This is functional theory. It was developed by Emile Durkheim.

Who has power in the episode? How or why do they have power? How do they use it? This is conflict theory. It was first developed by Karl Marx.

What are the important symbols in the episode? Note that the symbols might be an object, but also might be an idea, an event or something else. How do the characters act based on the symbols they find important? This is symbolic interactionism. I like to connect symbolic interactionism to Max Weber.

Can you relate any of these theories to your own life? How can the things you do be interpreted through one of these theories? For example why do you wear what you wear or why are you going to college or why do you stress yourself out to get "good" grades?

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Experiencing Sociology...(Community Service)


Hopefully you are willing to try community service with an open mind. I think that most students who have done service experiences before will say that it was rewarding and an overall good experience. Maybe if you have done a service experience before, you can blog about it. Do you see how doing community service might make you sociologically mindful?  What was it like? What went well? What advice would you have for those who have never done it? If you have never done something like that, what do you think about it? What are your concerns and questions?

I think the most challenging aspect of this is to get students to begin thinking about what experience they might want to do without constantly hounding them. I hope you are up for it. This is your homework - find some places that you might be interested and call them! Have at least 2 places in mind by the end of the third week of the semester. Here is the assignment that I call Step 1. Please turn this in by the first progress report.

Some advice that I want to emphasize:
When you call places to volunteer, do NOT say "I have to do community service..." That makes a bad first impression. It sounds like you are being forced. Instead, say "I want to volunteer..." or "I heard it was a really cool experience so I want..." or you can even say, "My teacher told me about this experience so I wanted to try it..."

Be open minded and willing to feel a little uncomfortable. The best learning experiences of my life were when I was willing to put myself in that position.

Some of the more rewarding experiences have been PADS, the Uptown Cafe, and Clearbrook. Try to do these if you are interested, but you may have to do it with a parent or another adult.

Do not wait until the second half of the semester. These experiences take some time to setup. Sometimes the opportunities are filled, so don't wait! The sooner you set this up, the better chance you will have of finding something that is worthwhile and meaningful. If you wait, you will be rushing and you will only find some last-minute, not-so-great opportunity.

Finally, be patient but persistent when contacting these organizations. Many of the organizations are run by unpaid volunteers. Sometimes they do not work regular hours. If they don't get back to you right away, try calling at a different time of day or a different day of the week or try a different number, etc...

Friday, January 13, 2017

Soc mindfulness and the service project

As you enter today, look over you answers from yesterday's questions:
How is a sociological imagination different from being sociologically mindful?
How can the Touchscreen video be an example of a sociological imagination? 
How can the Touchscreen video be used by YOU to be more sociologically mindful?


Bell & Notes for Next Week:
Post 1 - be sure it is up and be sure your blog is on my feedly and my blogpage.
Hand in the movie permission slip.
Reading for next week

Explanation of The Service Project - turn to page 21 of your packet.


Examine the following videoes.  How are they an example of sociological mindfulness?


Here is a Thai commercial that promotes the idea of sociological mindfulness.




"Fired up? Ready to go!" This is a phrase I like to use with my class. It is a way that I like to check in with students and remind them that they are in my class and I want them to feel fired up about it. Sometimes, if you are not feeling fired up, all it takes is repeating this and it can make you fired up. But the phrase is also a fleeting reminder that we all have an influence on our world. Maybe that influence is just the room we are in, but that influence ripples out. So that phrase is a reminder to be sociologically mindful. It is a reminder that we are a participant in society. Society doesn't just happen to us; we are participants in the process. That awareness is what Schwalbe talks about as sociological mindfulness. It can change how we think and act and therefore how we influence the world. "One voice can change a room. And if it can change a room, it can change a city; and if it can change a city it can change a state and if it can change a state, it can change a nation and if it can change a nation, it can change the world." (see the whole story by clicking on this link) Regardless of your political affiliation, I think the sentiment here is true. You can change a room and that can change a much larger group. There's no telling where your influence stops. So, what do you want your voice to be? How do you you want to change the world? Think with sociological mindfulness about the impact you have on the world even though it is small.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Extending your sociological imagination

As you enter class today, please answer these questions:

1. What is a sociological imagination?



2.  Why is the reading Outliers an example of having a sociological imagination?




Here is a moving and inspiring slam poetry performance by Marshall Soulful Jones called Touchscreen:
 
Here is some interesting research to follow up with Marshall Jones' poem:

From Psychology Today:
...the emergence of reading encouraged our brains to be focused and imaginative. In contrast, the rise of the Internet is strengthening our ability to scan information rapidly and efficiently ...
From The Independent:
A Wisconsin paediatrician, Dr Sharon Rink, told local news channel WBAY2 she has seen a surge of teenagers coming to see her for treatment [because of selfies], something which was unheard of five years ago.
Please Answer:

3)How is Marshall Jones' poem an example of having a sociological imagination?


4)What are some ways you are influenced by when and where you live?



Finally, for a bit of humor, watch this Louis CK video called Everything's Amazing and Nobody's Happy.    He provides a funny look at how not having a sociological imagination can makes us really annoyed with our problems but really we should be thankful. Also the twitter feed #FirstWorldPains is a humorous example of this.

Fired up and ready to go!

"Fired up? Ready to go!"

This is a phrase I like to use with my class.  It is a way that I like to check in with students and remind them that they are in my class and I want them to feel fired up about it.  Sometimes, if you are not feeling fired up, all it takes is repeating this and it can make you fired up.

But the phrase is also a fleeting reminder that we all have an influence on our world.  Maybe that influence is just the room we are in, but that influence ripples out.  So that phrase is a reminder to be sociologically mindful.  It is a reminder that we are a participant in society.  Society doesn't just happen to us; we are participants in the process.  That awareness is what Schwalbe talks about as sociological mindfulness.  It can change how we think and act and therefore how we influence the world.

"One voice can change a room. And if it can change a room, it can change a city; and if it can change a city it can change a state and if it can change a state, it can change a nation and if it can change a nation, it can change the world." (see the whole story by clicking on this link)
Regardless of your political affiliation, I think the sentiment here is true. You can change a room and that can change a much larger group. There's no telling where your influence stops. So, what do you want your voice to be? How do you you want to change the world? Think with sociological mindfulness about the impact you have on the world even though it is small.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Your Sociological Imagination

The "sociological imagination" is an important theme throughout our semester. The idea of the sociological imagination was developed by C. Wright Mills who said that having a sociological imagination helps one to see the connection between history and biography. That is, who we are (our biography) is determined by where and when we live (history).

The Outliers reading provides an example of how the people of Roseto were affected by where and when they live. Because they lived in the town of Roseto at that time, they lived in a way that affected them (without even knowing it) so that they had a much lower chance of getting heart disease and living longer than the rest of the country.

Think about your plans for the weekend or what you brought for lunch.  How is it affected by where and when you live?  What are the influences shaping your plans and what you eat?  Do you see how it is not simply your choice?

Another way to examine the connection of biography to history is through the Beloit Mindset list. Every year, Beloit College publishes a list of how the current year's freshmen will experience and have experienced the world differently. A couple examples of this are from the NY Times: Here is an article about students not writing in cursive. And, this link is about the changing role of the wristwatch.  Both show that being born in a different time means students will experience the world differently.  This might sound obvious, but there is a tendency for people to think that they are simply who they are regardless of time or place.  Something you can write about is how kids being born today might experience the world differently than you have.  Or, how might kids being born in 2013 be influenced differently than you have?  And yet another way to think about this is, how might you have been different if you grew up somewhere else?  Especially for those of you who have moved, try to imagine what your life would be if you still lived somewhere else.

Another example of the sociological imagination might be reflected in how different generations think differently about the world. You might remember this pepsi ad that shows the way different generations might think about the world differently.




Monday, January 9, 2017

Information Sheet, Textbook download info, Blog info, Annotating

Please take out your packet and open up to the second to last page called "Info Sheet"

Info Sheet: Second, we filled out an information sheet that is for me to get to know you. If you haven't filled it out, please print it here and fill it out.

Textbook Download:  Sociology 2016-17
Book: The Real World 5th Edition

The SMARTdesk team has already registered a code for your eTextbook.

On your iPad, in the blue and white envelope email App, in your SHS gmail account:
Look for an email from:
“Your W.W. Norton Digital Production Registration”

In that email you will see:

“To access your digital content, you can visit:


and sign in to your account.”

Tap the link.
It will take you to the web via your Safari App.

On that webpage, tap on the “green bar” that has the words:
Sign In, Register a Code, or Purchase Access

In the next window you will see:
Have you already registered for this product?
Select:
Yes, I want to sign in

Enter:
Your SHS email address

Your Password is the 8 numbers you use to login to Infinite Campus and your SHS gmail
WITH Shs in front of them.  Example  Shs12345678

Now Select: Sign In

You are now successfully logged into your W. W. Norton Digital Resources account.
You will see your copy of The Real World, An Introduction to Sociology, 5th Edition

It is suggested you make this a “webclip” on your iPad for easy access.


If you are having any problems, please visit the SMARTdesk.
The SMA
RTdesk is open on regular school days from 7:30 AM - 4 PM.
On late arrival days: 10 AM - 4 PM
Blogging Info: First, we checked the blog. Be sure that your blog has a link to my page and that your blog is listed on my page on the right side under "Ways of Learning."  Be sure that you posted your first post.

Annotating: Lastly, we discussed annotating for this class. Anytime students are assigned readings in this class, they should assume that they must annotate. Annotating is a skill to help you remember what the reading was about and understand what the author's point is. You do not have to highlight the whole page and fill the margins with notes. Concise, informative notes that help you remember what the reading was about or that help you relate it to class are all you need. Another way to think about annotating is that you are having a conversation with the author and the annotations are your comments. Here is a guide for annotating.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Blogging Day 2 in sociology

Here is some reminders about blogging:

Here are some reminders about blogging:
Remember, do NOT use your last name or our school's name.
Please use proper grammar and punctuation.
After each post you do, you must comment on other students' posts.
Please write mindfully because what you post to the internet can last even after you delete it.
Make your posts unique and authentic. Feel free to add pictures and links.

By the end of today, try to accomplish these tasks:
Write your first post.  For the first post, simply try to answer this question: Who are you? Write a blog entry that defines who you are. Explain to the class what makes up the person you are. What are the biggest influences in your life? What are your goals/purposes in life?

After that, check to see if you have a link to my page from your page.

Then, go to my page and see if I have your blog listed (on the right side).

Then, comment on 2 other students' posts. Comments should be short(1 to 2 sentences) but sweet (meaningful; leave feedback)


Grading the blogs:

After this first post each subsequent post will be assessed in these three areas:

Academic Standards
The assignment should be neat, well organized, and on-time. It should contain proper writing including proper prose and correct spelling.

Sociology Content
The student should demonstrate an understanding of sociological ideas and themes. Student should use sociological terms correctly. Each blog needs to incorporate specific content from the class using readings, class discussions, videos, activities and the posts on my blog page. It is necessary to convey your understanding of course content as it relates to sociology and your life.

Application
Student is able to fully apply the sociological ideas to his/her own experiences (a real life experience, something s/he watched or read, another class s/he had). Student gives an authentic example of the sociology. The example may include how s/he has been influenced as well as life experiences s/he has had. The post should demonstrate how you may feel differently now having learned a new perspective.

Using your blog throughout the semester:

One post is due by the beginning of the last class period of the week.   Usually, this will be Friday.  So if you are in period 2, then the post is due by the start of period 2 on friday.

Here is how you will be graded on your posts:

Sociology  (Artisan – students can craft authentic posts that richly explain the class content in a unique way): Students will be able to explain the concept of sociological imagination through different supporting content.  Students will demonstrate that individuals are shaped by their social life.  (Excellent includes application to student’s life and demonstration of sociological mindfulness.
10 Student is able to fully explain the sociological content and apply it to a unique example.
9  Student fully explains the sociological content using relevant terminology from the class.
7 Student somewhat explains the content from class but does not do it in detail and/or uses little or no sociology concepts or terms
5 Student completed the assignment but did not explain any sociology at all.

Standard:  Literacy (Scholar – Students can read and understand a wide variety of sources and make meaning from them):  Objective: Student demonstrates an understanding of the sources used in class (books, movies, websites, etc…) and connecting them to sociological concepts/themes.
Target (the scale):
10 Student refers properly to multiple sources from class and/or explains the connection of an outside source found by the student.
9 Student refers properly to a source from class and explains its connection to sociology in the student’s own words.
7 Student refers to a source from class but it lacks depth, clarity or correctness.
5  Student completed the assignment but was not correct in interpreting the sources from class.
                                    Success criteria:
                                    Reference to evidence from the source(refers properly)
                                    Students’ own words (explains)
                                    Author’s message/thesis

Academic Expectations (Citizen- Student recognizes the importance of being a part of the community of class; being present and on-time, listening, sharing, respecting, trusting other student, participating in class and writing properly.)
10 Student contributes to the class through commenting, listening and reading.  Student uses proper grammar, spelling, punctuation and clear and academic writing.  Student meets deadlines and is on time.  Student’s work is neat and professional.
9 Student is able to meet almost all of the expectations above.
7 Student meets some of the expectations.
5 Student turns in the assignment or shows up, but does not meet any of the expectations above

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Creating your blog


Today you will be creating your own blog page to use as an ongoing e-journal throughout the duration of this course.  You will be expected to use the next couple of days to develop your blog using creative yet appropriate images, design, fonts, colors, etc. to make it your own.  You need to follow the steps as well as the restrictions that are listed below.
NOTEDo not use last names on the blog and do not use specific identifiers such as your address or the name of our school.  Instead, you can consider using your first and middle names or other nicknames and for the school, simply say a suburban high school or something like that.
STEP 1: Please go to https://www.blogger.com/start and follow the steps to create your blog.  Begin by clicking on “Create a blog.”  If it asks to text you a verification code, you can do that without fear of google spamming you.  Don’t feel pressured for a good title – this is changeable.  As you fill out the info,  PLEASE BE SURE THAT YOU WRITE DOWN THE FOLLOWING INFO:
PASSWORD: ______________________________
BLOG ADDRESS/URL:  http://www.                                                     .blogspot.com/

Lastly, enter your info into the form titled Blog Info Form by going to this link, or fill it in below:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1vMnIlrZvR2Wb64B_p-SlubBW7JnPYyP2Tohr8oYfUrQ/viewform 

HERE IS AN EMBEDED FORM THAT YOU CAN FILL OUT:
NOTE:
Do not link this blog to your google + account

Do not use the name “Stevenson” or your last name

STEP 2: Once you have created a blog and are logged into your blog page (which should be at the blog address in Step 1) you can add gadgets or different apps to your page.  The first gadget that you must create is a link list that will have a link to my blog.  Here’s how to do that:
  • Click Design(At the top) or "layout"(on the side)  
  • Then--(on the side bar) click "add gadget"; scroll down and click add link list
    • The first title is simply the title you want for this list of links.  You can call it “link list” for simple or even leave it blank.
    • In the “new site url” box, write: http://sociologysal.blogspot.com
    • In the “new site name” box, write: Sal’s Page or Ways of Thinking
After you have the link to my page, you can add any other links you use often by clicking “add a link.”  Then you can add friends blogs, the school blog, facebook, instagram, email account, whatever might be useful.
STEP 4:  Personalize your blog by adding pictures/change fonts/layouts/templates or other gadgets to make this blog personal and conducive to you!  There’s lots of gadgets – feel free to explore them. 
STEP 5: First post:
To post on your blog, make sure you are logged in and then simply click “new post”.
  • Here is your first prompt:  Who are you?  Write a blog entry that defines who you are.  Explain to the class what makes up the person you are.  What are the biggest influences in your life?  What are your goals/purposes in life?  
Precautions:
  • Please remember that this blog should be treated as seriously as you would treat a test or an essay or a project for class.
  • You should also refrain from using your full last name anywhere on the blog.
  • You will be responsible for monitoring what people have posted on your blog. 
This is not your facebook account, you need to be aware that this site is public, therefore DO NOT use your Full Name on the page, DO NOT use information that a “creeper” could use to identify you.   DO keep your posts, pictures, and songs appropriate.

Textbook, Bell, Remind

First, as you enter please try to access your digital textbook:

Our textbook for the class is the digital version of Norton's Real World Sociology.
 Sociology 2016-17
Book: The Real World 5th Edition

The SMARTdesk team has already registered a code for your eTextbook.

On your iPad, in the blue and white envelope email App, in your SHS gmail account:
Look for an email from:
“Your W.W. Norton Digital Production Registration”

In that email you will see:

“To access your digital content, you can visit:


and sign in to your account.”

Tap the link.
It will take you to the web via your Safari App.

On that webpage, tap on the “green bar” that has the words:
Sign In, Register a Code, or Purchase Access

In the next window you will see:
Have you already registered for this product?
Select:
Yes, I want to sign in

Enter:
Your SHS email address

Your OLD Password is the 8 numbers you formally used to login to Infinite Campus and your SHS gmail
WITH Shs in front of them.  Example  Shs12345678

Now Select: Sign In

You are now successfully logged into your W. W. Norton Digital Resources account.
You will see your copy of The Real World, An Introduction to Sociology, 5th Edition

It is suggested you make this a “webclip” on your iPad for easy access.


If you are having any problems, please visit the SMARTdesk.
The SMARTdesk is open on regular school days from 7:30 AM - 4 PM.
On late arrival days: 10 AM - 4 PM

Second,
Each day I like to do a brief meditation with a bell.
--------------------------BELL-------------------------

Third,
If you would like to subscribe to my Remind account, please do so:

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Service Opportunity: This Saturday! Special Olympics

We are currently seeking volunteers to assist as Timers at our Finish Line. You will be outside for the majority of the day, so please keep this in mind that you will need to dress warm! Here is the information below:
Location: Lambs Farm- 14245 W Rockland Rd, Libertyville
Time: volunteers to arrive at 8:00 a.m. for training.
Schedule: first races will begin at 8:30 a.m. with our last scheduled Relays to start around 12:15/12:30 p.m.
Lunch is provided.

If you are only able to make it for the beginning portion for a few hours that will definitely help as well. Our staff appreciate your time and thank you for the continued support. You can reach out directly to me via email or by phone if you have any questions or are available to volunteer. Thank you!

Brenden Cannon | Area 13 Director | Special Olympics Illinois
103 Schelter Rd, Ste 25 | Lincolnshire, IL 60069 | P: 224-377-8378